2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage:
Detroit Sound Conservancy Honors LaVell Williams (1967-2018)
In celebration of 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Detroit Sound Conservancy honors Co-Founder LaVell Williams (1967-2018). #AudiovisualHeritageDay #WDAVH2022
In celebration of 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Detroit Sound Conservancy honors Co-Founder LaVell Williams (1967-2018) who died four years ago this week. Williams mentored a generation of music lovers and Co-Founded the community-based audiovisual archive Detroit Sound Conservancy. detroitsound.org/lavell-williams-1967-2018/
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage – 27 October – is a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honor audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions that safeguard our heritage for future generations. Around the world audiovisual archives join together annually on this day to celebrate their work with events that not only highlight the vulnerability of these valuable materials, but also to celebrate the often unheralded work of the institutions that provide protection and preservation, ensuring their availability in the future.
Our celebration consists of a digital postcard featuring the artwork of Nathan Rapport.
Nathan is a New York-based multimedia artist and gallery owner. Guided by formative years in Detroit and San Francisco, his art celebrates the connection between the queer present and ancestral history. Through his work as a painter, illustrator, muralist, designer, and art director, he manifests his visions of queer utopia. www.dreambrothergallery.com
The postcard was designed by Libby Cole, director of The Work Department, a people-centered design and strategy studio in Detroit. www.dept.work
Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) is the only archive devoted to the preservation and celebration of Detroit music. Through archival practices, education programs, performances and rehabilitation initiatives, DSC expands access to and evidence of the history that proves Detroit is the most influential musical city in the world. Detroiters innovated techno, funk, rock and jazz, and have shaped nearly every musical genre, from punk and rap to soul and blues. Across generations, deep commitment and fearlessness mark the essence of the Detroit sound. DSC spreads its resources to support archival practices that amplify this cultural spectrum and safeguard its history—of people, movements, legends and lore. Through this work, DSC preserves the vivid memory of musical movements, uplifts the agency of artistic legacies, counteracts reductive representation and puts listening at the center of community. detroitsound.org